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Re: Question in respect to GNU/Lnux affiliation

The Hickeys <hickeys@nbnet.nb.ca> writes:

> How come the GNU/Linux site does not have Debian on its free
> distribution list, and makes no mention of Debian at all it seems? Is
> this because Debian does not adhere to the GNU/Linux "Free Software
> Definition"?

There have been a variety of different reasons over the years, but the
primary ones, the ones that are unlikely to change, and the reasons why
the Debian listing was removed in the first place as I understand it are:

* Debian supports the non-free archive section even though it isn't part
  of Debian proper and provides information about it and links to it.

* Debian does not follow the level of discipline that the FSF wants to
  follow about never linking to non-free software or non-free software
  companies.  The project "promotes" such software in some ways by the
  criteria used by the FSF.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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